CMV, or Cytomegalovirus, is a common virus that can infect people of all ages. Most healthy adults and children will have no signs or symptoms and no long-term effects. However, it can be very dangerous to unborn babies. In fact, congenital CMV is one of the most common causes of birth defects in the UK. Around 1 in 1000 children will be born with permanent disabilities as a result of CMV. Despite this, there is very little awareness about this virus. This can make it stressful and confusing for families coming to terms with a diagnosis and planning how best to support their children.
At CMV Action, we understand – we’ve all been there before. This is a more common condition than many people realise and help is at hand from families who have been in the same situation.